Thursday, September 1, 2011

Green Freight Checks are the Order of the Day for Logistics Group

Cleaning Up the Supply Chain is a Priority
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – This week freight forwarders and logistics specialists Damco has launched its own online pollution calculator. The new information is available online at myDamco, the browser-based customer/company interface. This service enables Damco customers to track CO2 emissions for all cargo shipped by ocean and air freight as it passes through the supply chain.

Damco are of course a Maersk subsidiary company and this latest move follows the example set by container shipping line rivals CMA CGM in March. For their part Maersk have often led the industry in green initiatives such as their purchase of the new ultra efficient Triple E class container ships*.

For their part Damco have a history of staying ahead with a supply chain pollution control and reduction agenda having launched several initiatives over the years. In 2007 Damco launched SupplyChain CarbonCheck , and later SupplyChain Carbon Dashboard and Packaging Optimization. Now CO2-calculations on myDamco will offer all customers high level emissions visibility, whereas the previous services continue to provide customers with more detailed visibility combined with advice on ways to reduce carbon emissions. Martin Thaysen, Global Chief Commercial Officer at Damco commented:

“This development, and our participation in global supply chain carbon initiatives such as the Clean Cargo Working Group and Green House Gas Protocol Scope 3 Guidelines, speaks for our commitment in this field, and our aim to become our customers’ advisor in matters of supply chain sustainability.”

Erling Johns Nielsen, Damco‟s Global Head of Supply Chain Development agreed saying:

“Our customers are faced with increasing requirements for more efficient and sustainable supply chains. Experience shows that greening your supply chain can reduce logistics cost and emissions from your inbound supply chain by up to 15%. Online visibility of carbon emissions will enable you to take earlier corrective action if operations are not in sync with your carbon reduction and efficiency goals.”

* Ultra efficient of course as long as they are running at or near capacity.